Facebook’s since released its dark mode for desktop interface and now, Facebook has confirmed that it is testing a dark mode for its mobile apps.
The update has been made available to a very small percentage of people globally. The mobile version of the dark mode Facebook introduced last month for desktop is “meant to cut down on glare,” particularly in low-light environments, the spokesperson said. There’s no official statement that discusses when the dark mode will be available to all mobile users, however.
Users who already have the new dark mode on mobile tweeted screenshots of what it looks like:
With this image, it is probably only available for apple users.
It is a little surprising it’s taken this long for Facebook to bring forth a mobile dark mode; its Instagram, and WhatsApp apps have dark mode already, as does Facebook Messenger. Twitter also has a version of night mode for its Android and iOS apps for quite some time, and even Google has a dark mode for it’s app, released earlier this year.
Low and dark mode varieties which allow users to change the background color of an app window to black are popular not only because they make apps easier to view for some users and are a bit more aesthetically pleasing, but because most dark mode versions can help preserve a device’s battery life as well.